Truck Rewind: Ford F-150 SVT Lightning – Can it Strike More than Twice?

The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and it competed directly against the Chevrolet Silverado 454SS – which was introduced in 1990. The 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was powered by a 240 horsepower 5.8-liter (OHV Windsor V8) that made 340 lbs-feet of torque. It was paired to a beefy four-speed automatic transmission that was used in the F-350.

Ford beefed up the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning’s suspension, frame and spinning components for better street performance. This allowed the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning to match the performance of the Ford Mustang GT.

Ford built 11,000 between 1993 and 1995.

The Lightning made a return a few years later as a much more powerful and capable vehicle. Ford finally pulled the plug on the Lightning in 2004. The 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning was a beast with a 380 hp supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that made 450 lb-ft of torque – it was capable of a 5.8-second 0 to 60 mph time. That’s impressive even by today’s standards.

By now, you may be asking about our title, mentioning if lightning will strike more than twice – right?

Recently, Ford announced that their beefy 450 hp EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 510 lb-ft of torque will now be available in the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. You can read the whole story (here). That is a LOT of power for any truck.

The 2014 Ford F-150 Tremor looked the part, but it was no replacement for the lauded SVT Lightning.

The TFLtruck staff had a moment to consider the ramifications of so much power. While Ford did make a half hearted attempt at building a sport-truck with the Ford F-150 Tremor, it was a bit of a letdown. It was quick with a 4:10 rear-end, but it wasn’t the monster many enthusiasts were hoping for.

What if they upped their game and we got an F-150 from the Raptor engine in a package like the Ford Tremor? Add to that updated suspension, frame, breaks and rubber – you would have a modern factory-built Ford SVT F-150 Lightning – right? They are so close to it already, it’s not that much of a stretch – right?

What do you guys think? Do we need a modern interpretation of a sport truck? Let us know!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.